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For my latest California road trip—mostly through the Monterey Peninsula and down Big Sur—I experienced the funness of a JUCY campervan. JUCY is a New Zealand company that started operating in California about 5 years ago. JUCY USA currently has three locations: San Francisco (San Leandro), Los Angeles (Lawndale), and Las Vegas.
With its eye-catching logo, color scheme, fun layout, and concept, a JUCY campervan definitely attracts attention. Almost every time we stopped, people asked me about my JUCY campervan. Making breakfast along the Pacific Grove coastline, two couples from Europe waxed poetically about their own camping experiences and they loved the European design of the JUCY kitchen facilities. As we loaded our food into the solar powered refrigerator in the Trader Joes parking lot in Monterey, people approached, asked about the campervan, and then gushed when we said you can cook on these two stoves.
When picking up my rental, I plied the staff with questions, learning among other things, that one Asian family rented two vans for several months to explore the US. Very cool. She told me that most rentals in their office are from foreign visitors while the Los Angeles office primarily has local renters. Interesting.
In this article, I will use the terms JUCY campervan, JUCY mini RV, and JUCY Trailblazer (formerly Champ). They all mean the same thing.
JUCY Campervan: Big Sur California Road Trip
On our California road trip with our JUCY campervan, we enjoyed camping along Big Sur and the California Central Coast, making breakfast and dinner with views of the mighty Pacific Ocean, and driving the coolest vehicle in California. The JUCY Trailblazer mini RV can sleep 4 persons, has a solar-powered refrigerator and lights, 2 butane stoves, and a sink (with 5 gallons of clean water).
Additional items to consider include a kitchen kit, fold up chairs, bedding kit, winter pack, and prepaying for mileage.
The vehicle itself was a converted Dodge Caravan and it drove like a minivan rather than an RV. It was quite easy to drive, park, and maneuver. The advertised mileage was 18 MPG and my vehicle’s mileage was right about there (perhaps even better).
Camping with a JUCY Campervan is easy and fun. Let’s call it relaxed glamping. Selecting a campsite will be your toughest task.
Preparing a meal is as easy as pushing buttons and turning knobs. Push a button to open the back door. Turn a knob to start the butane gas stove.
Time to rest after all that button pushing and knob turning.
Setting up the sleeping arrangements is also super simple. Seat cushions transform into a bed, approximately full size. It was cozy for two adults. The upstairs penthouse has more room, maybe a queen size. The penthouse is set up by turning a crank handle.
Both sleeping compartments have elegantly designed solutions to maximize darkness. Inside the JUCY campervan, flaps roll up and down on some windows while there are fitted shades with suction cups and Velcro for other windows (like the front windshield). The penthouse flaps zip shut and have additional Velcro closures, like a well made tent.
Here is the view from the JUCY penthouse.
She looks lovely in her campsite, agree?
The most difficult part of the JUCY Campervan experience is returning it. Not that the process it challenging but rather you will want to keep JUCY longer. When I returned the JUCY mini RV in Los Angeles I saw that many of their vehicles were for sale. Since I was traveling in my typical carryon style, I passed, but it sure was tempting. After all, I could have extended my California road trip to cover the rest of the country on my way back home to Virginia.
JUCY provided me a complimentary 5 day rental of one of their mini RVs so that I could share this great travel experience with my network. I encourage you to consider renting a JUCY campervan for a future vacation.
McCool Travel tip: If you are interested in RV travel (whether renting or buying), a convenient place to begin research is Go RVing, particularly the Where to Find: Rentals section.
Have you heard of JUCY? Where will you camp this year?